New Members Guide to the PHGA

Our motto is to promote the best interest of the game of golf thereby promoting good fellowship and sportsmanship.

  • Playing opportunities consist of joining a permanent reserved starting time (PRST) group either on Saturday or Sunday, be a substitute for the weekend groups (teams are always looking for subs), golf with the Thursday morning group, play in the monthly travel event, or enter in various events or holiday tournaments.

  • Membership fee is $60 per year if paid up before first PRST tee time, an additional $10 if after first PRST tee time

  • All new members start by playing the blue tees until 10 rounds are played. Female members start from the white tees.

  • A PHGA handicap index is maintained for each member. New members must record 5 official scores before handicaps are calculated using the USGA formula.

  • Players are “flighted” in every event, based on their established handicap.

  • The Golf Enjoyed More (GEM) program was created for golf enthusiasts. The GEM program allows for play from alternate tees.

  • Only scores recorded in an official PHGA event are used for handicap. At least twelve PHGA members must be present for the event, and at least two PHGA members must be in the foursome.

  • USGA rules are observed and we always assume we are playing the ball “as it lies” unless notified. All putts must be holed out (no “gimmies”). Always ask playing partners for assistance if not sure.

  • All games are played using net scores (gross score minus handicap). Gross scores are never used to determine results.

Benefits of Being a Member of the PHGA

  • Meet new people and bond with friends.

  • Compete in a friendly and social environment.

  • PHGA membership includes maintenance of a USGA handicap index.

  • Two social events which include food, beverages, and raffles with great prizes.

  • Provides an opportunity to stay fit while enjoying the great outdoors.

  • It will remind you that “the worst day of golf is still better than the best day of work”!



  • Spring Scramble and Smoker – kicks off the season

  • Weekend Pot Games – permanent tee time groups (games include individual low net/individual point- game/individual stableford/2 player team total net/ 2 player team best ball)

  • Thursday Morning Weekly Pot Game –(sign-up for play is one hour before group tee off, and is first come- first served).

  • Match Play Tournament – golfers go head-to-head with members in their flight, playing for the President’s Cup.

  • Travel Events – a 27 hole travel event once per month. Members travel to Chicago area courses to play an event round in the morning and a nine hole team scramble in the afternoon.

  • Member-Guest Scramble – Members team up with a spouse, relative, or friend for a scramble followed by a gathering at a local establishment.

  • Ryder Cup Tournament – Designated captains select their teams for a fun filled two day event.


  • Memorial Day Tournament – Best 2 out of 4 balls

  • Independence Day Tournament – Team Event Best 3 out of 4 balls

  • Labor Day Tournament – 4 Ball Tournament

  • The Takahashi Classic – This is our year-end 2-day premier event of the year. The event is named in honor of our founder, Jim Takahashi. This is a 2-man 36-hole low net partner event. This event also includes a 2-man best ball “supplemental” game. For more details on this event, ask any PHGA member.

PHGA History

The objective of this Association is to promote the best interest of the game of golf and thereby promoting good fellowship and sportsmanship within the membership. The association was founded by Jim Takahashi in 1970. From 1970 to 2015 it has grown from 53 members to 160 members. Membership is restricted to both male and female golfers of good character and who exercise good sportsmanship.


PHGA Board of Directors

The PHGA board consists of the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and 10 elected directors. In addition, the presidents from the previous 2 years, the scorekeeper, the park district liaison, and historian are automatically made directors, giving us a total of 19 directors.